The Contingency Fee and Personal Injury Cases
Those who have been injured by the negligence of someone else often lose time from work, rack up medical bills, and suffer a host of other problems. Getting a damaged car fixed, going to medical appointments, dealing with insurance companies, all take time and aggravation. That is the bad news. The good news is that nearly every personal injury lawyer in America works on contingency.
First, contingency agreements allows everyone, no matter where they stand financially, access to a personal injury lawyer. This means you get to have equal footing with an insurance company, without having to pay an hourly legal rate. In fact, you pay nothing unless your personal injury attorney is successful in securing compensation for you.
Secondly, the contingency agreement also deters the filing of frivolous lawsuits. It would make little sense for an attorney to take on a bad case that has no shot of settling or winning at trial. Frivolous lawsuits and the contingency agreement are like oil and water. Lawyers, like everyone else, don't like to work for free. Taking on a frivolous case is the same thing as working for free. It makes no sense.
Also related to contingency agreements is the fact that nearly every personal injury who works on contingency will offer you a completely free consultation to discuss the case. That is great because it allows the injured party to interview more than one attorney, in order to find the right one.
Feel free to call our office if you have been injured by someone else.